Moving from infested place... plants ok to take??(2 posts)
On the advice of cilecto I have started a new thread on this topic:
Does anyone have any experience with moving and taking plants with them? I have a few plants in our bed bug infested place that I have had for years and can't bear the thought of throwing out (one ficus tree and one philodendron, a few yuccas). How likely is it that they laid eggs in the soil? Do bed bugs like that kind of environment? What types of treatments are safe for plants? Some of my plants weren't near areas where we've seen bed bugs but the ones that are near the futon I'm worried about. Also since I'm asking, is it safe to keep kitchen/bathroom stuff without treating? I've heard that PCOs don't even go in the kitchen to treat since the bed bugs are usually within 10 feet of where you sleep/get bitten.
Cilecto suggested maybe mixing DE in the soil... I'm guessing this would probably be safe since the DE I have is actually for all crawling insects and has guidelines for use outside in plants. Any one have any advice or tried anything similar? We may end up hiring heat treatment, we found a company called Heat-n-Go who will treat all our stuff in a moving truck (a discrete, unlabelled moving truck) and then move it to our new place. But that will probably not be good for my plants.
Personally I would soak the earth with an overdose solution imidacloprid (in a bucket). This is not only toxic to plant louse, but also for bedbugs. At least they won't stay in the earth.
From Bayer, sold under the names Provado and Admire. Some anti-bedbug sprays contain imidacloprid so it should kill them.
I'm not a PCO so this needs to be confirmed by a professional.
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